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How often have you heard that it’s extremely important that you brush your tongue every day? Has a family member or friend told you that your oral health will deteriorate if you don’t brush your tongue constantly? Are these rumors true?

Typically, brushing your tongue has one major benefit for some people—preventing bad breath.  As mentioned before, there are bacteria on your tongue. Unfortunately, that can lead to unpleasant odors. In fact, if you have a good deal of bacteria on your tongue, a tongue scraper or a toothbrush with a built-in cleaner may help you.  When it comes to bad breath, many people find brushing their tongue very beneficial. It may also be a good idea to brush your tongue after you eat certain foods, such as salmon, garlic, or onions. The taste of foods such as these can linger on your tongue.

However, all-in-all, cleaning your tongue isn’t necessary for good oral health. This is especially true if you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time, floss daily, and visit a dentist every six months. One of the most important things you can do to protect your oral health is removing the bacteria that could ultimately lead to gum disease. While it is true that your tongue could have bacteria on it—and that the bacteria may spread back to your teeth—but it takes at least 24 hours for plaque to form.

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